Ahhhhhh, love is in the air! Can you feel it?
My heart’s beating a little faster because we’re celebrating our love for those on the autism spectrum. Every day, for the next 14 days, I’m going to feature one of our favorite authors, apps, and organizations as a countdown to a huge giveaway of their products. (Now I can feel your heart beating faster too!) Have fun learning about them …and don’t forget to enter the giveaway. (Entry form at the end of this post. Lots of ways to earn extra entries too.)
Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way people with autism are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential. With proper education and career training, these individuals can truly realize their dreams. Our long-term goals include the establishment of innovative post-high school assisted living campuses designed to truly honor all individuals on the autism spectrum by creating an environment that supports and respects their individual needs and strengths.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing disability in the world; in a new study published by the US Department of Health and Human Services in March, 2013, an astounding 1 in 50 school-age children have an ASD diagnosis.
People with autism carry a double burden. In addition to their daily speech and sensory challenges, they must also cope with negative attitudes of society, inadequate support for their needs and, in some cases, outright discrimination. Sadly, the challenges don’t stop there. Research indicates that within the next 15 years, more than 500,000 children in the US with autism will enter adulthood. Today, many adults with autism are being cared for by aging parents, who in most cases will not outlive their children, leaving them with limited options for lifelong support.
There is a grave need to change negative stigmas and fill a severe service gap for those on the autism spectrum entering adulthood.
Golden Hat Foundation’s Co-Founder, Margret D. Ericsdottir notes:
I had been told again and again that nothing more could be done for my severely autistic son Keli, who is completely non-verbal and has very limited body awareness. Nevertheless, I wanted to find answers to provide to the many other families living with autism with the information that I had been seeking for years. Over the course of filming “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism,” I came to the realization that Keli may actually possess the same capability for learning as other children his age. My son now communicates through the use of a letter board, and words cannot express the feeling of getting to know my own child after years of silence and uncertainty.
We at the Golden Hat Foundation believe that despite the behaviors and communication difficulties of people with autism, we should assume intelligence first and then find ways to access it. People with autism are different, but they have unique strengths, perceptions, and talents that deserve recognition and respect.
Find more Golden Hat Foundation on…
Our premium sponsor is Sensory Goods, a family-owned company founded to meet the needs of people affected by developmental disorders. They are graciously donating a Custom Weighted Blanket as our grand prize! The winner will have the opportunity to pick the weighted blanket that will best fit his/her family’s needs. Their profile will appear on Day 14. (Includes shipping to US. Value up to $205.99)